'Hidden Crime Awareness Events' across Devon

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The aim of the events is to raise awareness around some of the important, current, key safeguarding messages which are impacting on our communities, including those with learning disabilities and or autism. The training being offered covers ‘Hidden Crimes’ including, sextortion, county lines, cuckooing, online vigilante groups and illegal money lending.

The events, which are FREE to attend are being led by Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Link Up and are funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

‘Attend this training if you support people with learning disabilities,’ they tell us, ‘but places are limited so booking is essential.’

All events start at 9.15am until 1.00pm with tea / coffee. When booking, please state the date you wish to attend and you will receive confirmation and details of the location:

Wednesday 13th February Paignton

Wednesday 27th February Exeter

Thursday 14th March Honiton

Thursday 28th March Newton Abbot

Tuesday 9th April Bideford

Tuesday 23rd April Okehampton

Email: diversitydevon@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!